It looks like Kevin Sumlin and Les Miles won’t be able to just focus on their football teams as the 2016 season approaches.
The two coaches, along with LSU athletic director Joe Alleva and Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis have all been scheduled to give depositions in July regarding Chavis’ civil lawsuit, according to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.
The civil lawsuit stems from a claim that Chavis owes LSU, where he was the defensive coordinator from 200X thru 2014, $400,000 for leaving LSU before Jan. 31 2015. Chavis accepted an offer to be A&M’s defensive coordinator on Feb. 12 2015. Per Chavis’ contract with A&M, the Aggies must pay Chavis’ buyout.
LSU has also subpoenaed Chavis’ agent Tommy Agnone. The report also states that LSU lawyers are looking for all texts, emails and other forms of written communication between Agnone and Chavis from Nov.1 2014 and Feb. 11 2015, the day before Chavis’ was formally announced as the Aggies defensive coordinator.
In his first year as the Aggies defensive coordinator, the Aggies ranked 51st in total defense. LSU ranked 25th.
Both teams open their seasons on Sept. 3, with the Aggies hosting UCLA and LSU playing Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since A&M joined the SEC, Miles is 3-0 against the Aggies.